Johaug and Sundby become first Norwegians to win Tour de Ski

05 January 2014 16:06
Therese Johaug NOR
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Therese Johaug of Norway has won her first Tour de Ski and become the first Norwegian woman to do so.  She started the day 23 seconds behind teammate Astrid Jacobsen and in the end led a trio of Norwegian ladies on the podium.  Heidi Weng held off a late charge from Finland's Krista Lahteenmaki to take third. 

It is the sixth time that Johaug had the fastest time (34:19.8) on Alpe Cermis  Jacobsen recorded the second-fastest time (35:04.0) followed by Liz Stephen of the USA (35:18.5) who crossed the line in seventh place. 

On the men's side Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) started the day with just under a 30 second lead over Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) and by the bottom of the climb it had increased to one minute and it was now Chris Jespersen (NOR) in second.  Jespersen an unknown in the Tour - it was his first appearance - was one of the great surprises of the day holding on up the climb for second place.  

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was Austria's Johannes Duerr who, on the way to recording the fastest time of the day, jumped from fifth place at the start to take third at the finish.  Duerr, known as a strong climber, shocked even himself was he stood on the podium as the only athlete that was able to interrupt another sweep by Norway.  

For Sundby the Tour win was the culmination of seven days of hard competition of which he was a podium threat in all but one, including two podiums in the sprint competitions.  Like Johaug in the ladies' competition, Sundby is the first Norwegian male to win the Tour de Ski. 

ATHLETE QUOTES

Heidi Weng (NOR)
The Final Climb was very tough. Therese and Astrid were cheering so much for me so I had gave it all. It is great that we had three Norwegian girls on the podium. I was stiff in my legs, I tried to go fast using my arms. I tried to focus for the final sprint in the home stretch.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)
I had a good feeling when I started today. I knew Therese is a strong climber. I skied my own speed. Therese passed me fast. In the last kilometre I did not lose too much. It was a strong performance from me. Second place is a great performance. I’m happy about the Tour de Ski and that I showed all-round skills.

Therese Johaug (NOR)
It’s a dream come true for me. It is amazing to become the first Norwegian to win the Tour even better when Astrid and Heidi could join me on the podium. It was a tough conditions today, I had to work hard with my legs and arms. I tried to push all the way and to keep the distance on Astrid.

OFFICIAL RESULTS - Ladies

FIS Tour de Ski Overall Standing Ladies
1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 2:04:16.4
2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) +20.4
3. Heidi Weng (NOR) +2:50.4

FIS Tour de Ski Sprint Standing Ladies
1. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 1:24
2. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) 0:59
3. Therese Johaug (NOR) 0:57

Fastest time on the final climb
1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 34:19.8
2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) +44.2
3. Liz Stephen (USA) +58.7

FIS Overall World Cup Standing Ladies
1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 1002 points
2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 841 points
3. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 676 points

OFFICIAL RESULTS - Stage 7 (MEN)

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 32:49.6 (Total time of 3:05:52.2)
2. JESPERSEN Chris NOR +36.0
3. DUERR Johannes AUT +1:05.9
4. NORTHUG Petter jr. NOR +1:49.5
5. ROETHE Sjur NOR+1:55.7

FASTEST OF THE DAY - MEN

1. Johannes Duerr AUT 31:54.7
2. JESPERSEN Chris NOR +4.1
3. ROETHE Sjur NOR +10.5
4. BABIKOV Ivan NOR +19.4
5. DUVILLARD Robin FRA +20.0